Trails with Tales: History Hikes Through the Capital Region (Saratoga/Berkshires/Catskills/Hudson Valley)

Trails with Tales: History Hikes Through the Capital Region (Saratoga/Berkshires/Catskills/Hudson Valley)

by Russell Dunn, Barbara Delaney
     
 

Thirty nature treks, selected for their natural, stand-alone beauty, are enhanced by tangible silhouettes of a fascinating past, from early Native Americans and Colonial settlers to the Industrial Revolution and Victorian-era grand hotels. Hike to waterfalls, mountains, escarpments, lakes, sculpted rocks, ponds, rivers, islands, caves, balanced rocks, geysers, and… See more details below

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Thirty nature treks, selected for their natural, stand-alone beauty, are enhanced by tangible silhouettes of a fascinating past, from early Native Americans and Colonial settlers to the Industrial Revolution and Victorian-era grand hotels. Hike to waterfalls, mountains, escarpments, lakes, sculpted rocks, ponds, rivers, islands, caves, balanced rocks, geysers, and deep gorges while visiting the sites of famous battles of the Revolutionary War, ghostly industrial ruins, a Moorish-style castle, views and vistas made world-famous by America’s greatest painters, vanished Shaker communities, great estates of the “Gilded Age,” a working lighthouse, and “New York’s Mount Rushmore.”

Hikes include: Starks Knob & Schuylerville Champlain Canal Towpath; Saratoga National Historic Park; Geyser Park; Vischer Ferry Nature & Historic Preserve; Peebles Island State Park; Oakwood Cemetery; Burden Pond Environmental Park; Ann Lee Pond; Indian Ladder; Bennett Hill Preserve; Clarksville Cave Preserve; Edmund Niles Huyck Preserve; Balanced Rocks; Shaker Mountain; No Bottom Pond; Tyringham Cobble; Ice Glen & Laura’s Tower; Ashintully Estate & McLennan Preserve; Vroman’s Nose; Pratt Rock; Lindenwald & Martin Van Buren Nature Trail; Rogers Island; Olana; Montgomery Place; Ravena Falls; Hudson River School Art Trail; Catskill Mountain House Escarpment; Saugerties Lighthouse; Overlook Mountain; Sky Top & Mohonk Lake.

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Editorial Reviews

Berkshire HomeStyle
“Trails with Tales ... invites you back in time, not just historically, but personally, to a time in your life when your imagination could people the landscape.”
Catskill Daily Mail
“Highly enjoyable and informative. ... No matter if the only hike you take with this book is to the armchair, it will be an engaging and enjoyable walk, and a path you will return to stroll many times.”
Hudson Valley magazine
“Even if you don’t plan on taking the hikes, the book offers Dunn’s always-entertaining descriptions of each destination’s significance, making it a prime candidate for any history lover’s bookshelf.”
Kaatskill Life magazine
“These twin passions—history and hiking—make for a perfect marriage.”
The Saratogian
“Throughout, the book is enhanced with interesting current and old photos. ...Dunn and Delaney were extremely thorough in their research.”
Times Herald-Record
“Trails with Tales not only gives you some of the best hikes in the Hudson Valley, it also adds value by giving you the history of each area within the hike. As a reference tool, it is excellent. ... the historical insight gives local hikers a broader understanding and appreciation of the land under their feet.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781883789480
Publisher:
Black Dome Press, Corporation
Publication date:
05/01/2006
Pages:
294
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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